Ingfield Manor Drive, Five Oaks, West Sussex, RH14 9AX
Salary / hourly pay rate
£60,488 - £79,122 per annum
Hours Per Week
Employment Type
Full time
Contract Type
Date posted
Friday 20 October 2023
Closing Date
Thursday 4 January 2024

Principal at Ingfield Manor School                  

Salary: £60,488 - £69,970 per annum

Reporting to: Divisional Director - Education

Location: Ingfield Manor School, Five Oaks, West Sussex   -

Start Date: April 2024 or September 2024 for the right candidate.


At Ambito Education (part of the Salutem Group), we believe everyone should have the opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life, regardless of their background or disability.


Ingfield Manor School is an INMSS residential special school that offers both residential and day programmes for pupils with PMLD or ASC associated difficulties.  We also have recently opened a specialist Post 19-day college provision that is registered as a satellite of and working alongside Beaumont College in Lancaster.

At IMS we work as one team to make a difference to the lives of our students. Our aim is to enable students to take responsibility for their own lives in whatever form this takes.

Within IMS we have three different cohorts that share a common location and ethos but which have separated access.

Students are offered a variety of specialist support from highly trained staff, working alongside our teachers. Each student accesses the curriculum daily with a bespoke package of intervention, therapeutic support or through one-to-one teaching and this allows them to make considerable progress towards their EHCP outcomes.

We are a centre for Conductive Education and offer this to our students with complex physical needs. This is led, in class, by approved Conductors to enable students to learn more specific and complex physical actions which will be learnt naturally by most children.

Are you an aspiring senior leader who is person centred and strives to provide the best opportunities for their student’s?  Then please read on!


Main Duties:

As Principal, there is an expectation of enabling strategic leadership, operational oversight and providing direct support and guidance to the three different branches of our educational offer: being IMS school and the newly created Woodview Provision and Post 19.  All of these have seen substantial growth in recent times, and we need the Principal to have experience in multi-area management and provide effective dynamic support for a range of cohorts within one site. 

Whilst retaining the uniqueness of each provision and striving to increase engagement from local and surrounding LA's, the Principal is also accountable for HR, H & S including risk management and the safeguarding of our students.  


What makes Salutem Different?

  • At Salutem Care and Education, we recognise the value and wisdom that come from all stages of life. Join our team to be a part of a community that truly appreciates the richness of age diversity.
  • We are a Global Top 100 Inspiring Workplace - We celebrate our recent recognition as a top 100 Inspiring Workplace Globally with special recognition for our efforts in communication and employee experience.
  • We have a trauma-based approach to working – We are working in partnership with multi-award-winning Innovating Minds, setting a precedent as the first residential children’s home service to take progressive steps to deliver trauma-informed care.
  • Our Competency Framework – You’ll have a transparent path to progress through our career pathways and pay bandings. This means you'll always know exactly what skills and achievements are needed to advance in your career.
  • We have developed a core and cluster model - We specialise in supporting children and young people who have emotional and behavioural needs, autistic spectrum condition, and physical / learning disabilities with access to education opportunities being at the core of our work.